Jim Kelly Cards, Rookie Cards and Autograph Memorabila Guide

Jim Kelly

Date of Birth: 2/14/1960
Rookie Card Year: 1984
Investment Rating: 6.5


Overview

Jim Kelly was a terrific quarterback in both the USFL and NFL. He helped lead the small-market Buffalo Bills to four consecutive Super Bowls in the early 1990s. Unfortunately, all of his Super Bowl appearances were losses for the Bills and, despite Kelly's stellar career, his mainstream reputation is mostly associated with those losses. Kelly was named to four Pro Bowls over his 11 NFL seasons and was enshrined in the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2002. To this day, Jim Kelly cards remain popular among collectors.

Although he was drafted by the Buffalo Bills in the 1983 NFL Draft, Kelly decided to sign with the Houston Gamblers of the USFL. Therefore, Kelly's first rookie card was included in the 1984 Topps USFL set. This remains one of the top Jim Kelly cards. Due to it's lower production run and the roster of players included, collectors have shown great interest in the product. Joining Kelly in the USFL set were fellow rookies Steve Young, Herschel Walker and Reggie White. Kelly made his NFL card debut in 1987 Topps Football after joining the Bills, who retained his NFL rights.

Jim Kelly is a typical name included in the "greatest to never win a Super Bowl" discussion. Because of this perceived failure, Kelly has limited hobby value, despite his Hall of Fame production. The University of Miami alumnus is not even the top option from the 1983 NFL Draft, falling in behind John Elway and Dan Marino, another great player that was unable to claim a Super Bowl win. Although he was a great player and is revered in the Buffalo area, Kelly is not a player to invest in expecting sizable gains. Despite this, Jim Kelly cards make a great addition to any football collection and should maintain solid value over time.

Jim Kelly Rookie Card Checklist

1984 Topps USFL Jim Kelly RC #36

1984 Topps USFL Jim Kelly Image

Technically not a true NFL rookie card, the 1984 Topps USFL Jim Kelly is still the top option for collectors. The patriotic-themed card shows an action shot of Kelly and sheds light on an interesting time in the history of football when top talent still joined the NFL's competition. This will always be considered one of the best Jim Kelly cards.

1987 Topps Jim Kelly RC #362

1987 Topps Jim Kelly Image

1987 Topps Football showcases Kelly's first official NFL rookie card and features a simple design. The card can be found online for as little as just a few bucks and as much as $20-30 for one in mint condition.

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250 CARD LOT ALL JIM KELLY INC INSERTS 10 CENTS EACH BUFFALO BILLS HOF TOPPS UD
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Jim KELLY 2001 Topps Archives Reserve Authentic Game Worn Jersey ROOKIE 2 COLOR
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2009 ULTIMATE SIX TROY AIKMAN TONY ROMO JIM KELLY CUNNINGHAM MCNABB PATCH # 7 15
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JIM KELLY 1989 SCORE GRADED CARD #223 MINT 9
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2006 NATIONAL TREASURES JIM KELLY NFL GAME WORN JERSEY 25
$15.50
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1987 Topps Football Card # 362 Jim Kelly Buffalo Bills Rookie Card
$20.00
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1987 Topps Football Set - JIM KELLY - RANDALL CUNNINGHAM - DOUG FLUTIE RC's!
$24.99
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1987 TOPPS AMERICAN UK #72 JIM KELLY HOF RC PSA 10 F1428135
$237.99
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2012 FLEER RETRO 1960 JIM KELLY AUTOGRAPH AUTO SSP MINT
$82.75
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2006 Donruss Classics Combos JOHN ELWAY & JIM KELLY dual Jersey #3 250
$17.99
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2012 UD Exquisite Choice Auto TIM TEBOW - JIM KELLY RARE Dual Autograph
$119.99
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JIM KELLY SIGNED 1996 PINNACLE LASERVIEW INSCRIPTIONS #d 3100 FOOTBALL HOF AUTO
$69.99
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2000 DONRUSS PREFERED JIM KELLY BILLS CARD #28 BGS 9
$12.74
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1987 Topps Football Box Jim Kelly, Cunningham, Flutie Rookies - Clean, sweet!
$59.59
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2006 National Treasures Dave Casper Jim Kelly John Stallworth Jersey (24 25)
$39.99
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JIM KELLY 1995 TOPPS JAGUARS INAUGURAL #317 PSA 10 GEM MINT
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Autograph Guide

Jim Kelly Autographed Memorabilia Buying Guide

Below you will find an example of what Jim Kelly's authentic signature looks like. This can be used as a first point of reference for determining the legitimacy of autograph memorabilia, but is not a substitute for having your items authenticated by a well-respected professional autograph authentication company. Some of the trusted sources within the sports memorabilia market include the following companies: PSA, JSA, Tristar, Upper Deck Authentic and Mounted Memories. Click on any of the images below to view full size photos.

Jim Kelly Cut Signature Exemplar

Jim Kelly Signature Image

Jim Kelly Key Signature Attributes: An authentic Jim Kelly signature autograph will exhibit several distinguishing characteristics. Regardless of the type of item signed or when in his career, look for these signature characteristics:

Jim Kelly Signature Characteristics

  1. The signature is written on a slightly elevated plane of about 15 degrees.
  2. The letter "J" is legible and pronounced, no other letters of the first name are present.
  3. The pen lifts to start the letter "K" which is roughly of equal size to the "J."
  4. The "K" contains two lines, the first is slightly curved with a small curl at the top; the second creates a small loop and forms the up and down strokes of the "K."
  5. The letter's "e-l-l" look nearly identical, as small cursive "e"'s with open loops.
  6. The letter "y" is implied by the down stroke off of the second ""l" and a small line to the left.
  7. The last name is "underlined" with a fish hook shaped line.

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1993 Skybox Impact #1JIM KELLY Signed card PSA
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Jim Kelly BUFFALO BILLS 8x10 AUTOGRAPH PHOTO SIGNED (STEINER)
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Jim Kelly signed college mini helmet Steiner hologram & coa Miami Hurricanes
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JIM KELLY AUTOGRAPHED SIGNED BUFFALO BILLS 16x20 PHOTO JSA K45290
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Jim Kelly Signed University of Miami Replica Helmet - Steiner -Item #4282303
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JIM KELLY SIGNED WILSON NFL FOOTBALL BUFFALO BILLS USFL HOUSTON PSA DNA COA
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BUFFALO BILLS JIM KELLY #12 SIGNED FRAMED 8X10 PHOTO HOF 2002 JSA CERTIFIED!
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*JIM KELLY SIGNED 8x10 PHOTO PRO FOOTBALL HALL OF FAME HOF AUTO JSA BILLS
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1989 TOPPS JIM KELLY #46 BILLS HOF SIGNED PSA DNA GUARA
$58.00
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Steiner Jim Kelly Buffalo Bills Red Mini Helmet w HOF Insc.( Signed in Black)
$249.99
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JIM KELLY Autograph Signed Auto 11x14 Photo Picture Miami Hurricanes Bills PSA
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JIM KELLY BUFFALO BILLS,MIAMI,HOF JSA COA SIGNED MINI HELMET
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BUFFALO BILLS AUTOGRAPHED SIGNED 20X24 PHOTO JIM KELLY THOMAS SMITH REED PSA DNA
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Jim Kelly Signed Autograph Auto NFL WIlson Official Game FootBall JSA Bills HOF
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Steiner Jim Kelly Signed 8x10 Photo Throwing
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Steiner Jim Kelly Signed 8x10 Photo Throwing w HOF Insc
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Trey Treutel is an Ole Miss grad and a lifelong sports fanatic. He is a huge fan of the NBA and NFL, as well as soccer, college basketball and college football. As a kid, he collected football and basketball cards. As an adult, he started collecting basketball cards again on a whim, and has since expanded to other sports and entertainment options. Find Trey on Twitter at @datreute.

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